Vitaly Milonov, the St. Petersburg lawmaker who authored the city's “gay propaganda” law, has defended a Russian ban on gay adoption.

The law, approved over the summer, bans foreign couples living in countries where gay marriage is legal from adopting Russian born children. The United State is one of the countries targeted by the law.

When a reporter from Sveriges Television (SVT), Sweden's national public TV broadcaster, asked Milonov why gay couples should not be allowed to adopt, he answered that children would be better off in Russian orphanages.

“The perverts?” Milonov rhetorically asked. “No, it is unacceptable. Homosexuals are perverts and should absolutely not be allowed to adopt children.”

He added: “Children who grow up in that kind of environment are destroyed psychologically.”

“So it is better that the children remain in orphanages then?” the journalist asked.

“Yes, of course,” Milonov answered.

According to SVT, Russia has blocked all adoptions to Sweden until it has assurances that Russian children will not be adopted by gay couples.

Milonov's St. Petersburg ordinance, which bans the promotion of gay rights to minors, inspired a nationwide law that has led to calls for a boycott of the Winter Olympics to be held in Sochi, Russia.

(Related: NOM's Brian Brown testified in favor of Russia's ban on gay adoption.)